The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off. A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.
The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes. Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.
Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.